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21CIF: Locate, Evaluate and Ethically use Digital information: Co Curators: Dennis O'Connor & Carl Heine
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NewsTrust Your Guide to Good Journalism

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Here's a group that is working with crowdsourced fact checking.  How does this method deal with bias?  Who checks the fact checkers (the crowd)? Can a crowd be trusted (does this start to sound like a Wikipedia debate)?  

 

Food for thought here! ~ Dennis

 

NewsTrust offers a compelling new way to find and share good journalism online. Our nonprofit project provides quality news feeds, news literacy tools and a trust network to help citizens make informed decisions about democracy.

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FactCheck.org | A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

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I recall the catch phrase made famous by Dragnet's Joe Friday: "Just the facts ma'am."  

 

Getting the facts is made a bit easier by organizations like FactCheck.org who actually check what politicians (and others ) say. 

 

As we try to teach students to recognize bias and question digital resources, let keep in mind that fact-checking is the first line of defense.  

 

My work with 21CIF.com has taught me that fact checking is something most students never think about.  There is plenty too think about at this site!  ~ Dennis

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Trust Me: Credibility is the Future of Journalism

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My colleague Matt Stempeck said it best: “Dan, I know that your life has been a tornado wrapped in a hurricane wrapped up in a whole box of tsunamis this week, but you really need to start wearing pants to work.”

 

It turns out only part of that quote is accurate, but you’ll never know which one for sure! This is why, before I can graduate from MIT, I have to create an automated bullshit detector. The basic premise is that we, as readers, are inherently lazy. It isn’t just that we’ll believe almost anything — remember that time in 1938 when we believed aliens were invading the planet just because someone on the radio said so? Yeah. That happened. The real problem is that we’ll often believe what we want to believe (or disbelieve what we don’t want to believe).

 

It’s hard to blame us. Just look at the amount of information flying around every which way. Who has time to think carefully about everything? Not me, that’s who’nt. This is why I’m working on a tool called Truth Goggles that will help hone our critical abilities; one that will help us identify pieces of information that are worth inspecting a little bit more closely before deciding how it fits into our world views.

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PolitiFact | Sorting out the truth in politics

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PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times to help you find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on our Truth-O-Meter.

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